The Leadership Long Beach Institute is open to any adult who lives or works in the City of Long Beach. Through experiential learning and in-depth discussions, participants increase their knowledge of Long Beach and the surrounding communities.
The program explores current issues with key individuals and stakeholders, gaining knowledge and data to be able to make informed decisions going forward in their professional, civic and personal careers. The program will provide for numerous opportunities to build connections and access a network of professionals and city leaders that would normally take years to cultivate.
The monthly sessions include presentations from and discussions with local Long Beach leaders. Attendees are also introduced to a network of information resources.
Our program curriculum is constantly evolving to match the changing landscape of Long Beach. Principled Leadership is a key focus of the program. Those principles lead to better decision-making that serves all of our community.
Program/Class session days are Mondays from 8 am to 5 pm; the session days are generally the first Monday of the month except for the Orientation, Leadership Retreat and national holidays.
August: The program begins in late August with a mandatory all-day orientation and introduction session.
First weekend of September: There is a mandatory leadership retreat weekend Friday through Sunday.
First Monday of the Month: October through June
The program’s monthly sessions are on the first Monday of the month October through June. Full participation and attendance is expected of all participants. This is to maximize the full benefits from the information, interaction and connections made during each session.
Along with attending the class sessions, the participants will work in groups to create and implement a community project that results in constructive change for the Long Beach community. The goal is to further develop the participants’ leadership, teamwork and community trusteeship abilities. This will require engagement outside of the monthly sessions. The participants are expected to gather information, collaborate with other classmates or meet with identified subject experts in preparation for upcoming program sessions.
There are three “Leadership Connections” meet-and-greet informational receptions in March, April and May each year. Invitations to other event activities in the Spring may be offered to prospective class members.
A limited number of tuition discounts are available each year. These are primarily for nonprofits, small business owners and individuals applying on their own. Please inquire further during the application process.
Approximately 30 community leaders are accepted into the Institute each year. Each year candidates are considered individually and collectively to create a uniquely dynamic class.
Applications are generally accepted in April and May of each year. Selection Interviews are conducted in June and the class selected in July. All applicants will be interviewed by a panel of Leadership Long Beach alumni for acceptance into the class.
The application deadline for entrance into the Class of 2020 is Monday, July 1st.